Name That Trauma :: Reader Hugh on an Disembodied, Motivational Mouth


I have faith that, if anyone can answer this question for me, it would be someone from your website:

There is a TV movie I recall from my childhood that I always found to be a bit eerie. It would have to be from either the '70s or '80s and was something along the lines of an "After School Special," but I'm pretty sure it was not a part of that actual series. All I remember is that it featured a school aged kid and there was a giant, pretty crudely animated, disembodied mouth that spoke to him and was basically encouraging him to believe in himself and all that stuff. The movie ends with the young protagonist catching the winning fly ball in a baseball game. Does this ring a bell for anyone?

Thanks for any info!

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10 years ago

How frustrating! I know exactly what Hugh is talking about, but couldn't give the name of the TV program or the child actor in it if my life depended on it. I remember seeing this on tv in the mid 80's. In my memory, the show has a definite PBS flavor/feel to it, but I could be wrong about that. I do know the name of the boy in it is Stanley. There is the cartoon mouth, which actually has a pair of bespectacled eyes sitting on top. 🙂 He is trying to teach Stanley to believe in himself. I also remember at one point, the cartoon mouth is playing a piano and Stanley is like, "Excuse me but, that's terrible." The mouth is like, you think you can do better? Stanley says, "I know I can" and proceeds to tear it up on the piano.